President Obama has recently nominated Army Reserve Col. Patrick J. Reinert, of Cedar Rapids, for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General and assignment as Chief Judge, (Troop Program Unit), U.S. Army Legal Service Agency, Arlington, Va.
Reinert is currently serving as senior military judge. As an Army judge, Reinert is commander of the 150th Judge Advocate General Detachment in Alexandria, Virginia, an Army Reserve Unit composed of military judges presiding over court-martials worldwide.
He was deployed from February 2005 to February 2006 and conducted over 90 courts-martial in Germany, Italy, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Reinert grew up outside of Cherokee and is the son of Joann Reinert. He and his wife Marla have five children.
As assistant U.S. attorney, the 49-year-old Reinert handles criminal prosecutions and serves as chief of the office's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. He has been an assistant U.S. attorney in Iowa since 1990.
LTG Dana Chipman, The Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army recently stated "I am pleased to inform you that the President of the United States has nominated Colonel Patrick J. Reinert for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General.
If confirmed by the Senate, Colonel Reinert will serve as Chief Judge (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
Colonel Reinert is already a proven leader and the Corps and our Army will continue to greatly benefit from his experience and judgment. Colonel Reinert has been a Military Judge for the past eight years, expertly presiding over trials and training those who practice before him. While serving as a Military Judge, he presided over numerous courts-martial in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. Colonel Reinert is a 2005 graduate of the United States Army War College.
In his civilian capacity, he is an Assistant United States Attorney in Cedar Rapids, where he is the Chief of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force.
Between these roles, he has logged many hours of trial experience, a factor that put him ahead of other candidates for military judge.
The criminal cases he's tried as a civilian and soldier are similar, including drug cases, assaults, shootings, domestic abuse, even murder. On the bench, he will hear a little bit of everything--mostly less serious felonies such as AWOL (Absence Without Leave) cases, assaults, minor drug distribution, and bad checks.